KELOWNA – 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the Province’s Bait Car Program – and March also happens to be Auto Crime Enforcement Month.  Since 2002, British Columbia has been the most successful region in North America in decreasing auto crime.

British Columbians are now less likely to be victims of auto crime.

Quotes: “As in so many things, B.C. is an innovator and leader. Our bait car program and IMPACT squad have attracted worldwide attention.” – Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson

“The bait car program has enjoyed amazing success, with 71 per cent fewer incidents in B.C. since 2003, and a remarkable 20 per cent reduction since 2010.” – Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick

“The numbers don’t lie – bait cars work. Making auto theft more difficult with the successful rate of prosecutions has made a huge difference right here in the community.” – Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart

Additional Information: The Bait Car Program started in 2002 and has been remarkably effective at reducing auto crime across the province.

British Columbia is home to North America’s largest Bait Car Program while IMPACT (Integrated Municipal Provincial auto Crime Team), keeps the fleet up to date with modern theft practices.

Bait trailers were introduced last year and commercial vehicles are coming out this year as part of program upgrades.

In 2011, auto car theft dropped 20% which builds on the previous year’s 22 per cent drop.

Top 7 ways to protect your vehicle from theft: 1. If you have an older vehicle not equipped with an immobilizer – use an anti-theft device. 2. Park in secure, well-lit areas. 3. Remove your valuable. 4. Always lock doors and close windows, even if you are just away from your vehicle for a few minutes. 5. Keep your garage door opener out of sight. 6. If parking on the street outside your residence, take your garage door opener with you. 7. Wait for the garage door gate to close behind you.

For more information on the Bait Car Program visit: http://www.baitcar.com/.

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